Dos Pueblos High School students organized a walkout on Friday to demonstrate their solidarity with Santa Barbara Unified School District teachers who are engaged in a pay dispute with the administration.
The students left during their first period and led a peaceful protest march to Girsh Park, approximately two miles away from campus.
Student leaders stated they are in support of fair pay and living conditions for SB Unified staff and faculty.
Teachers have stopped providing club meetings and one-on-one tutoring during lunch hours as well as special events that require teacher supervision while the Santa Barbara Teachers Association (SBTA) conducts contract negotiations.
Dos Pueblos High School students walked out of class today in support of Santa Barbara Teachers. Seen while substitute teaching. pic.twitter.com/Z8HC3uqu4c
— Ian Nicholson 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@itsiannicholson) December 1, 2023
On social media students have expressed their frustration with the district and support of teachers, emphasizing the importance of tutoring and clubs.
The pay dispute arose due to underpayment of teachers by $6.7 million last year, with the district attributing the issue to COVID-19 funding. SBTA is demanding better pay and benefits, citing the high cost of living in the area. The district announced it has offered a compensation package equivalent to a 19% raise over two years, but the teachers’ union argues that it falls short.
Students who participated in the walkout will receive an unexcused absence, a consequence students are aware of.
In this display of support for their teachers, Dos Pueblos High School students aim to bring attention to the ongoing labor dispute and its impact on the education system, emphasizing the importance of fair pay and advocating for the well-being of both teachers and students alike.